Students win award in SpaceX Hyperloop competition
Interdisciplinary team recognized for novel approach
An interdisciplinary team of undergraduates from Rochester Institute of Technology won a Special Innovation Award at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition held at Texas A&M University, Jan. 29-30.
The students received the award in the subsystem category for their novel approach to tube diagnostics and optical communication for the proposed futuristic high-speed rail system. They were one of nine teams awarded in the subsystem category. RIT President Bill Destler and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science sponsored the team.
SpaceX and Tesla employees judged the projects.
Elon Musk first proposed the Hyperloop idea in 2013, and his company, SpaceX, is one of several seeking to accelerate the development of a system prototype. Musk proposed a national challenge—to build a scaled-down pod model and necessary Hyperloop sub-systems.
Two undergraduate teams from RIT participated in the design weekend. They were among 115 U.S. and international universities vying for the opportunity to contribute to the Hyperloop concept, a multi-passenger pod or capsules speeding through a series of depressurized tubes.
Their designs include a high-speed communications system and a sensor system to detect faults in the walls of the tube that could impede the motion of the pod. Both are relatively new technologies applied to a higher speed environment.
“It is an entirely imaging-based method,” said Kristina Carucci, a second-year motion picture sciences major. “Other traditional methods that are used to scan tubes, like oil pipelines, would not work in this case. Scanning the walls of the tube will use what is called ‘structured light,’ and it is commonly used to make 3D maps of stationary objects for scientific purposes. But it has never been used at such high speeds.”
March 17, 2019
RIT heads to Game Developers Conference 2019
More than 100 RIT students, faculty, alumni and staff are visiting San Francisco this week to attend Game Developers Conference 2019, the world’s largest professional gaming industry event of the year. The RIT MAGIC Spell Studios booth is displaying four games created at RIT.
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Data science community to gather at RIT for regional DataFest hackathon March 29-31
Teams of three to five students will have 48 hours to mine a complex data set pertaining to a real-world problem. Teams will test their statistical analytic and data science skills to find the best solution.
March 15, 2019
Four RIT alumni recognized as Pulitzer Prize winners, finalists visiting campus March 19-22
Four alumni from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the College of Art and Design—each of whom has been recognized as either a Pulitzer Prize winner or finalist in the last decade—will visit the RIT campus March 19-22 for a series of special events.
March 13, 2019
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.